How did we arrive at a Dan Wesson ECP Vs Wilson Combat ULC showdown?
After years of carrying and practicing with a Glock 19, and a couple of other compact polymer double-stack 9mm pistols, I found I wasn’t really getting to where I wanted to be with my CCW pistol training. Specifically, I felt my double-taps and rapid-fire groups should be better. Seeing how well my peers were able to shoot rapid fire drills with the same pistols, I knew there was a lot of room for me to improve. But I had reached a certain point and I was just not getting any better. There were two possible explanations: either my shooting skills had plateaued, or I wasn’t using the right equipment. I decided to explore the latter explanation and look for a 9mm carry pistol I could better control. I figured if I could find a 9mm pistol that was designed for concealed carry that had noticeably less recoil than a Glock 19, that would be a great place to start.
INTRODUCTION: DAN WESSON ECP VS WILSON COMBAT ULC
It was just over two years ago that my quest to find 9mm carry pistol with minimal recoil took me headlong into the world of single-stack 9mm 1911 pistols. For those of you who have checked in along the way reading my reviews and discussion forum posts, know it has been quite a trip! To be honest, had I known what an absolute fortune this journey was going to cost me, I probably would have stuck with my Glock 19 and the 6” rapid-fire groups I shot with it!
I’m not going to recount all the pistols I have shot, compared, bought and then sold; that’s all been well documented in other articles and discussion forum reviews. For this particular review, I’m focusing on a popular segment of the 9mm 1911 world, the 4” Bull-Barrel 1911. In particular, a couple of Bulls with lightweight aluminum-alloy frames. While Bull-Barrel 1911 pistols, can be had with a steel frame, they are heavier, and many find the extra weight makes them unsuitable for daily carry. A Lightweight Bull, on the other hand, with a full 9-round magazine, is comparable in weight to loaded Glock 19. But since 1911 Bull is a single stack, it is thinner and somewhat easier to conceal. So, the Lightweight Bull makes a lot of sense for the EDC crowd.